International Extension

For more information about these projects, please contact Jim Hanson and Dale Johnson.

  • Afghanistan. 2014 - 2017. Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project, AAEP-II. Phase two of this Project is funded as a subcontract from the University of California, Davis ($3,000,000). UC Davis is lead for the larger project funded by USAID ($20,000,000) also in partnership with Purdue University, Washington State University, and Texas A&M. The Women in Agriculture Program at the University of Maryland is working with female extension agents located in Kabul province to improve family food security for vulnerable women, and currently expanding efforts to other provinces in Afghanistan.

    2011 – 2014.  “Improving the Role of Women in Agriculture and Family Food Security in Afghanistan,” AAEP Phase I. Funded as a subcontract from the University of California, Davis ($1,125,081). UC Davis led the larger project entitled, “Investing in the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL/DAIL),” funded by USDA-NIFA ($14,019,135).

  • Ethiopia. 2015 - 2017. The Women in Agriculture Program managed a small project in Ethiopia in partnership with Wolkite, Debre Berhan and Bahir Dar Universities. The project is funded by Rotary International. 

  • Turkey.  2006 – 2013 “Agricultural Extension Development in Southeast Turkey”.  Joint project with HasNa, Washington D.C.  University of Maryland is conducting Extension education programs for Turkish farmers and agricultural advisors visiting the United States as well as teleconference workshops between the two countries.

  • Republic of Georgia.  2010 – 2012.  “Georgian Regional Veterinary Service Unit (RVSU) Pilot Project”.  Funded by USDA-FAS ($217,701).
    Evaluating a capacity building program for a newly privatized veterinary service in the Republic of Georgia by measuring the change in farmer behavior regarding animal health practices.

  • Bosnia – Herzegovina.  2006.  Agricultural Cooperatives and Unions of Cooperatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Opportunities for Improvement in Providing Services and Educational Programs for Farmers.  Report (pdf)

  • United States.  2006.  Many opportunities exist for conducting stateside professional improvement workshops to train Extension professionals from developing countries. To conduct a successful workshop it is important to understand the needs of the partner country and identify participants who can use their workshop training to address those needs. An effective workshop will have high-quality field trips, practical classroom instruction, and opportunities for cultural exchange. Pre-workshop planning and close attention to logistical issues are essential to the success of the workshop. Good evaluation of the workshop is important to measure the impacts of the workshop and provide input for improving future workshops.  Report (pdf)

  • Jordan.  2005.  Participated in a USDA project to evaluate the agricultural research and extension programs at National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer (NCARTT) and the Ministry of Agriculture Extension.  Report (pdf)

  • Estonia.  2005.  The University of Maryland worked with Estonian Agriculture University faculty to offer dairy educational programs for farmers.

  • Kazakhstan.  2002 – 2005.  “Extending the Educational Outreach to Farmers in Kazakhstan.”  Funded by the United States Department of State ($152,231).
    The University of Maryland worked with the Kazakhstan National Agrarian University to extend their educational outreach to the agricultural sector.  Extension centers were established in three different regions to help farmers improve production, marketing, and profitability.   Report (pdf)

  • Uzbekistan.  2000 – 2004.  “Extending Educational Outreach to Farmers in Uzbekistan.”  Funded by the United States Department of State ($251,420).
    The primary purpose of this project was to help Uzbekistan farmers improve production, marketing, and profitability.  Through agricultural extension centers established by the University of Maryland in Tashkent, Namangan, and Bukhara, Uzbek Agricultural educators used a variety of education to improve improved farming technologies to farmers.   Report (pdf)

  • Honduras.  2000 – 2003.  Evaluating a Publicly-Funded, Privately-Delivered Agricultural Extension System in Honduras.  Report (pdf)